White man say,
Boy, the worlds a-changing
we got blacks in white schools
we got black men serving justice
black women changing rules.
On the bus, you sit in the front
go to the counter for your chow
you can even share our sidewalk
why, things're much better now.
We've stopped raping black women
for our pleasure and our sport.
We even shake your hand
and let you testify in court.
We took you out of cotton fields
gave you decent work to do.
We even let you vote for us
to rule America for you.
We gave you money, gave you homes
even fed your family.
We done right by you, boy
We treat you properly.
We ruled against the lynchings
even protected you from fools
who sought to beat and batter you
for simply going to school.
We financed your poets
and heard the black men play
even heard the ladies sing
and listened to you pray.
All these things we did for you
and you talk of blacks in jail;
you call it white conspiracy
against the dying black male.
You tell me that on TV
all you see is blacks on drugs
blacks with guns, committing crimes
and lying in their blood.
You talk about your people
being arrested for being black
all because the land was white
on the other side of the tracks.
You go on about watchful eyes
that follow you in the store,
wonder about your money source
then eye you out the door.
You like to blame the white man
only looking at the bad
but he gave you freedom, rights, your life
he gave you all you have.
What say you boy now that you know
what the white man gave
you should be glad he took you
from that savage African cave.
The black boy sat and thought awhile
about now, being free
and said, all these you say you gave
but who took them from me?